what makes mary


What camera do you use to take your photos?

I use my Canon 600D when I can be bothered lugging it around. When I don’t or just forgot to take it with me (which happens quite a fair bit), I just use my iPhone.

What is your background/heritage?

I was born in Manila and moved to Melbourne. Both of my parents are Filipinos with Spanish ancestry.

What software/apps do you use to edit your photos?

I was using Fotor and the app Vintique up until the end of 2014. I now use Photoshop, Lightroom and VSCOcam.

Apart from Hawaii, where else have you travelled?

I have been severely bitten by the travel bug. Since 2011, I have travelled to New Zealand, Fiji, Bali (2), Philippines, Malaysia, USA, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and around Australia.

What do you do for a living?

I used to be a travel agent but decided that the office environment just wasn’t for me. I now work at a local cafe as a barista. I am thinking about going back to uni this year to do my bachelors degree so fingers crossed!

What tips/advice would you recommend to new bloggers?

I’m still an amateur myself. Blogging is not an easy task but if you are really passionate about it, you just have to keep on keeping on. Sometimes you feel like there’s no one listening to you but trust me, there are people out there who come across your blog. Just because they haven’t commented on your post or followed you, doesn’t mean they’re not there. If you’re an experienced blogger, show the newbies some love by commenting on their posts, it goes a long way. 🙂

I’m a company and I’d like to work with you. How can I reach you?

More info in my Contact page.

I would like to advertise my blog/small business, how can I contact you?

Please see my Advertising/Sponsor page.

If you have any questions that have not yet been answered, shoot me an email: whatmakesmary@gmail.com and I’ll try to get back to you within 24-48 hours.